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The Watering Hole - iPad Enthusiasts and Deadheads, The Tradition Continues

By Randy Silverman
May 4, 2011

I know that the last Grateful Dead concert was in the mid 90s, but I've known too many Deadheads in my time to not see the similarities. Just sayin'. Also, I've nothing against iPad enthusiasts, I simply tease because I love.

The Watering Hole - Equal time doesn't guarantee equal results

By Randy Silverman
April 26, 2011

Bad singing or bad acting, swapping one for the other only makes it worse.

The Watering Hole - So That's Why My Computer Gets Balky Sometimes

By Randy Silverman
April 14, 2011

You can lead a computer to water...well, to a phone bank, but you can't make it drink, er, dial. Or something.

The Watering Hole - Maybe it wouldn't be so good to have a Wayback Machine

By Randy Silverman
April 13, 2011

Well, apparently, if modern technology existed in the 19th Century, rivals would be more polite to each other...at first.

Watering Hole - Play Me Off With a Song

By Randy Silverman
April 5, 2011

A note from James: This strip marks the last one for which I'll be doing the script. The demands of my day job and many writing projects doesn't leave me enough time to come up with an appropriate amount...

The Watering Hole - Come My Minions!

The Watering Hole - Come My Minions!
By James Turner
February 22, 2011

Thank goodness Twitter followers aren't actual followers (in the 'hear and obey' sense), or Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga would be our new overlords...

The Watering Hole - Foursquare and Twenty Years Ago

By James Turner
February 14, 2011

I've been battling out mayorship of the building I work at with a co-worker for weeks now. Do you think I can get the UN involved before it escalates to bloodshed?

The Watering Hole - Batteries BETTER Be Included

The Watering Hole - Batteries BETTER Be Included
By James Turner
February 8, 2011

EE 101 pop quiz question of the day: Can you replace 10,000 AA batteries in less time than it takes to recharge one of the new EVs off a 120V outlet?

The Watering Hole - First Robotics

The Watering Hole - First Robotics
By James Turner
January 30, 2011

It was a bizarre day when my son came home and informed me that his FRC team was now using Agile and SCRUM to manage their build. We try to shield our kids from the horrors of sex and drugs, but we let them participate in sprint retrospectives?!!

The Watering Hole - Flight of the Pigasus

The Watering Hole - Flight of the Pigasus
By James Turner
January 24, 2011

Not sure why everyone's so excited about this. CDMA carriers lose one of the big advantages of the iPhone, the talk and browse together feature.

The Watering Hole - There's a Madness to Their Method

The Watering Hole - There's a Madness to Their Method
By James Turner
January 18, 2011

If you really want to get an earful, ask my wife about how drug companies cook their stats to get the results they want in drug trials.

The Watering Hole - Does This Cloud Have a Silverlight Lining?

The Watering Hole - Does This Cloud Have a Silverlight Lining?
By James Turner
January 9, 2011

What I found most amazing about the whole "Microsoft lost people's Hotmail e-mails" fiasco was that there were still people out there using Hotmail...

The Watering Hole - The South Shall Plow Again!

The Watering Hole - The South Shall Plow Again!
By James Turner
January 4, 2011

There used to be a hill in Atlanta, and every time it would snow, the local news would set up cameras to record the locals losing control as they tried to deal with the unusual conditions.

The Watering Hole - Putting Things in Perspective

The Watering Hole - Putting Things in Perspective
By James Turner
December 31, 2010

Happy New Year, everyone! My New Year's Resolution is to update the database for the Watering Hole iPhone app more regularly...

The Watering Hole - Santa vs the Unions

The Watering Hole - Santa vs the Unions
By James Turner
December 25, 2010

Click here for free two-day delivery, or pay just $3.99 for overnight chimney delivery... Happy Holidays everyone!

The Watering Hole - The Spirit of the Holidays

The Watering Hole - The Spirit of the Holidays
By James Turner
December 23, 2010

When Shepherd Book told Malcolm Reynolds about the special hell, reserved for child molesters and people who talk at the theater, he left out another category: CEOs of companies that lay off in late December.

The Watering Hole - It's Next to the Buggywhip Guide

The Watering Hole - It's Next to the Buggywhip Guide
By James Turner
December 20, 2010

I ordered two old Alex Hailey novels from Amazon the other day. I felt so... anachronistic. But the one real excuse I have left for paper books is the out-of-print stuff that isn't available on Audible.

The Watering Hole - Call in Thursday Next!

The Watering Hole - Call in Thursday Next!
By James Turner
December 15, 2010

I'd place good money on a Wikileaks movie within the next two years. It'll be just like the true story, except when Anonymous does DDOS attacks, the servers will blow up in a shower of sparks.

The Watering Hole - Two Egos Enter, One Ego Leaves

The Watering Hole - Two Egos Enter, One Ego Leaves
By James Turner
December 12, 2010

I'd throw in Steve Jobs too, but after 20 minutes of hearing about how this cage match was going to revolutionize the Ultimate Fighting landscape, that it would be like no cage match ever seen before, the other two would be bored to sleep, and easy prey.

The Watering Hole - Inconspicuous Consumption

The Watering Hole - Inconspicuous Consumption
By James Turner
December 8, 2010

I was a relatively good geek this year, and limited myself to one of the new Apple TV boxes. But if you wanted a new TV or Blu-Ray, this was definitely the time to get one...

The Watering Hole - Through a Scanner Darkly (With Butter)

By James Turner
December 4, 2010

Have you noticed, by the way, that all the nude microwave scanner pictures of women we've seen so far look vaguely like Persis Khambatta from Star Trek: The Motion Picture?

The Watering Hole - Through a Scanner Darkly (With Butter)

The Watering Hole - Through a Scanner Darkly (With Butter)
By James Turner
December 4, 2010

Have you noticed, by the way, that all the nude microwave scanner pictures of women we've seen so far look vaguely like

The Watering Hole - In Celebration of a Milestone

By James Turner
November 29, 2010

To celebrate our 300th strip, here's a special treat for the loyal readers who have put up with our somewhat erratic publishing schedule. Click here for a high-res PDF.

The Watering Hole - CCC

The Watering Hole - CCC
By James Turner
November 29, 2010

Or 0x12C for the more geekishly inclined (or 0o454 if you only have 3 fingers...)

The Watering Hole - Taxonomy for Dummies

The Watering Hole - Taxonomy for Dummies
By James Turner
November 21, 2010

Actually, all the OS X releases so far have come from subfamily Patherinae (yes, lions are panthers, evidently). There's only two members of the subfamily left after Lion, from genus Neofelis, and they're both mouthfuls. Maybe Apple will move outside the subfamily, Cougar sounds pretty cool...

The Watering Hole - Career Counseling

By James Turner
November 19, 2010

As the Bard put it, immediately after his more famous commentary on the legal profession, "Nay, that I mean to do. Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man? Some say the bee stings: but I say, 'tis the bee's wax; for I did but seal once to a thing, and I was never mine own man since."

The Watering Hole - Captive Audience

The Watering Hole - Captive Audience
By James Turner
November 14, 2010

Turner's Paradox: Stakeholders are your most important participants. Important people get invited to lots of meetings. Meetings tend to conflict with each other. Therefore, you can never get stakeholders to come to meetings.

The Watering Hole - Missing Inaction

The Watering Hole - Missing Inaction
By James Turner
November 10, 2010

Like any project development methodology, Agile and Scrum are only as effective as the least common denominator of team participation. Unfortunately, that's usually the stakeholder.

The Watering Hole - So That's What it's Good For

By James Turner
November 5, 2010

You didn't think they'd waste it on things like flying cars, did you? Get your priorities straight!

The Watering Hole - Float Like a Butterfly

The Watering Hole - Float Like a Butterfly
By James Turner
November 3, 2010

If you plot the weight of MacBooks over time, this is the only logical conclusion you can reach...

The Watering Hole - Speciality Counseling

The Watering Hole - Speciality Counseling
By James Turner
October 24, 2010

But little did any of them know that Eve was secretly listening in on the whole conversation...

The Watering Hole - The Best Education Money Can Buy

The Watering Hole - The Best Education Money Can Buy
By James Turner
October 20, 2010

Apologies for the interruption to your Watering Hole service, Randy had a computer issue that took production offline for a while. Strips should start flowing again now.

The Watering Hole - Not My Problem...

By James Turner
October 1, 2010

The day that Ted Kennedy announced his opposition to the Cape Wind project because it spoiled the view of Cape Cod, I officially declared a pox on both (Democratic and Republican) their houses. There are no good guys, only competing special interests. Who, me, cynical?

The Watering Hole - RIsky Businesses

The Watering Hole - RIsky Businesses
By James Turner
September 28, 2010

I showed my son The China Syndrome last week. Remember the good old days when the worst energy thing we had to worry about was nuclear power?

The Watering Hole - The Best Little District Court in Texas

The Watering Hole - The Best Little District Court in Texas
By James Turner
September 20, 2010

If you're not aware, Tyler is part of the Eastern Texas U.S. District Court, and a favorite spot for venue-shopping patent trolls to park their infringement cases.

The Watering Hole - For Whom the Patent Trolls

The Watering Hole - For Whom the Patent Trolls
By James Turner
September 17, 2010

You have to wonder if Paul Allen is doing this doing this just to cause chaos, because he's bored. God knows he doesn't need the cash,

The Watering Hole - It Would Explain So Much...

The Watering Hole - It Would Explain So Much...
By James Turner
September 13, 2010

Personally, I'd rather believe there's a Bogus Blogger out there. Otherwise, I'd be forced to concede that people, on average, really are that gullible and lacking in critical thinking skills...

The Watering Hole - Implementation Details

The Watering Hole - Implementation Details
By James Turner
September 4, 2010

Admit it, when you watched the movie, you starting thinking about function calls memory management too.

The Watering Hole - A Point to Ponder

The Watering Hole - A Point to Ponder
By James Turner
August 29, 2010

Berkeley Breathed had his dandelion patch, we have Mount Conflicted...

The Watering Hole - I've Got a Secret... Or Not...

The Watering Hole - I've Got a Secret... Or Not...
By James Turner
August 28, 2010

Remember the good old days, when you needed to use things like sex and blackmail to get good secrets?

The Watering Hole - Better Than the Nürburgring Ring

The Watering Hole - Better Than the Nürburgring Ring
By James Turner
August 26, 2010

I really need to stop watching so much Top Gear...

The Watering Hole - The ADHD Approach to Hiking

The Watering Hole - The ADHD Approach to Hiking
By James Turner
August 22, 2010

We saw people doing this for real near Geneva. A quick morning training class, and then they walked off the side of a mountain...

The Watering Hole - Getting the Full Monty

The Watering Hole - Getting the Full Monty
By James Turner
August 19, 2010

It was a sad day, BTW, when the last of the hovercrafts stopped making the channel crossing. I was fortunate enough to ride one from Dover to Calais before they were all replaced with SeaCats.

The Watering Hole - Lunch Break

The Watering Hole - Lunch Break
By James Turner
August 11, 2010

The other half of this diabolical scenario is that if you don't order lunch by 2PM, all the restaurants shut down...

The Watering Hole - How Slow Can You Go?

The Watering Hole - How Slow Can You Go?
By James Turner
August 9, 2010

Think I'm exaggerating? How about over 24 hours to upload 100 pictures to Flickr?

The Watering Home - In a Tight Fix

The Watering Home - In a Tight Fix
By James Turner
August 5, 2010

If you think I'm exaggerating the cramped size of France hotel rooms, I Have Pictures...

The Watering Hole - Friends in High Places

The Watering Hole - Friends in High Places
By James Turner
August 2, 2010

Is there anyone who *doesn't* owe Ruby a favor?

The Watering Hole - You Can Take the Geeks Out of the Country...

The Watering Hole - You Can Take the Geeks Out of the Country...
By James Turner
July 30, 2010

In any travel party, you're going to find a variety of interests among the travelers. Our little gang is no exception.

The Watering Hole - A Little Social Engineering

The Watering Hole - A Little Social Engineering
By James Turner
July 27, 2010

In any organization, your most vulnerable security assets are the ones standing around the water cooler...

The Watering Hole - Maybe He Should Look for the Flock BoF?

The Watering Hole - Maybe He Should Look for the Flock BoF?
By James Turner
July 21, 2010

I have to admit, I didn't know what a BoF was either when I went to my first Oscon...


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